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Automotive Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 66 Automotive Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Automotive Engineering gives you the opportunity to research new and exciting technologies in the automotive industry. You could be working on robotics, service robotics, big data and artificial intelligence or the design of intelligent vehicles and much more.

What's it like to study a PhD in Automotive Engineering?

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll work towards completing a thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Automotive Engineering. You'll likely be asked to visit the department regularly to meet with your supervisor during your training module.

Possible research areas include:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Advanced propulsion systems
  • Collision and damage tolerance
  • Robust design optimization
  • Connected vehicles

As well as submitting your thesis, you will also have to attend oral defences to defend your work. You may also be invited to give a research seminar to the wider public.

To be awarded your PhD, you will need to show that you can produce work of an excellent standard and that you meet the academic requirements of the university. Your final submission will be about 50,000 words long (although this differs between universities).

PhD in Automotive Engineering entry requirements

The main entry requirement for a PhD in Automotive Engineering is that you must already have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. If your degree is not directly relevant to your research area, you may need to also complete a pre-entry qualification.

PhD in Automotive Engineering funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Automotive Engineering are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). They offer fully-funded studentships, meaning your tuition fee will be covered, along with a living cost stipend.

If you’re self-funding, it may be possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the cost of studying and other possible sources of funding include university scholarships, charities or trusts.

PhD in Automotive Engineering careers

The skills you'll gain during a PhD in Automotive Engineering will prepare you for a career in many areas of the automotive industry. Depending on the type of research you've done, you could work as an automotive engineer, a research engineer or in any other role where your skills are needed in the automotive field.

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PhD in Verification and Validation of Safe Generative AI in Automative

As autonomous vehicles (AVs) transition from laboratories/test-tracks to public roads, ensuring their safety is paramount, as exemplified by the Cruise AV incident in October 2023. Read more

Artificial Intelligence based Electric Vehicle Motor Design

  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Robotics
Electric vehicle development has been a hot topic around the world. This PhD programme will develop artificial intelligence based computational tools to accelerate electric vehicle motor design and optimization process. Read more

Compact optical measurement systems for onboard aerodynamic measurements

  Research Group: Aerospace Engineering
This PhD will develop and implement compact optical measurement systems suitable for installation on race cars and aircraft. Using machine vision technology and event-based cameras, properties such as fluid velocity, surface pressure, and boundary layer states will be measured. Read more
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Abnormal Combustion of Hydrogen in Prosperous Net-Zero Engine

Applications are invited for one full-time PhD Studentship within the Mechanical Engineering research and PhD programmes | Brunel University London funded… Read more

Identification and classification of coherent flow structures in the plasma of the Sun’s photosphere

The Sun is a star with a cyclic magnetic activity that can impact all the solar system. Thus, the solar magnetic field can interact with the Earth's magnetic field, permitting the entrance of energetic particles in the upper atmosphere, affecting technological devices, telecommunications and human health. Read more

Alumina based ceramic nanocomposites through lean electrolytic plasma processing of Al alloys

We welcome applications from candidates to work with our interdisciplinary and collaborative team on a project on research and development of innovative surface treatments of advanced engineering materials. Read more
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PhD with Rolls-Royce in Future Propulsion and Power (Ref: CDTFPP24)

The fully funded studentship in Future Propulsion and Power is a 4-year programme. 1-year master's leading to the MRes in Future Propulsion and Power at Cambridge University, followed by a 3-year PhD project at Loughborough University. Read more

Approximation-Assisted Transient Vapor Compression Cycle Modeling under Fast Fluid Dynamics Simulated Built Environment

Transient simulation of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems is of dire needs. Such model serves as the digital-twin representation of the actual building thermal envelope conditions for the purposes for control optimizations as well as thermal comfort improvements. Read more

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